Last year I published a post where I was very against deleting old content. The gist of my post was:
I never delete any of my old posts. I don’t think you need to. Why would you want to remove the content you worked so hard to write?
I totally understand why my stance was that way. I like being able to see where I came from.
But recently, Lisa from Elembee talked about why she deleted almost 500 posts on her blog. And you know what? I kind of love why she did it. I’d encourage you to read her whole post, but here’s one of her points:
Keeping old posts unrelated to the purpose of my site today would have meant forcing you to sort through irrelevant posts to find what you need.Lisa Butler on “Why I Deleted Almost 500 Posts”
My blog has changed
Nose Graze has gone through a lot of different phases.
- I jumped into book blogging, doing everything I thought I was “supposed” to do with a book blog. I participated in memes, I did author interviews even though I don’t actually like READING them that much, and I published a lot of short, kind of shallow posts.
- I moved away from memes and posted a ton of book reviews and some blogging tips.
- Now, I’m almost exclusively about blogging tips.
Even though I’m almost exclusively about blogging tips these days, books and reviews are still part of my life. I will keep posting them when I have them—I just have a lot less of them. So I don’t see myself deleting my reviews any time soon.
But what about those memes?
My old posts are embarrassing
I have a lot of old posts that I’m not proud of. I have posts that look and feel pointless and just completely… irrelevant. I’m not sure how many people will actually read those old posts, but I look at them and feel a little embarrassed. Are those things I want on my blog? When I get new readers who are going through all my old posts, do I want them to see those?
I want my posts to support my focus
I want my posts to feel relevant. I want them to contribute to my overall message. I want them to be high quality.
My old posts aren’t in line with those goals.
And while I can acknowledge that, actually deciding to delete my posts is scary as hell! This is way scarier than the time I deleted my categories. These are my posts! They feel like my blogging babies.
Deleting posts might be the right move, but it’s so hard to actually do it.